Athens Riviera

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Edem Beach, Faliro

Athens Riviera is the coastal area in the southern suburbs of Athens, Greece from Piraeus to Sounio .[1] It is located about 16 km (9.9 mi) from downtown Athens stretching from the southern suburbs of Athens to the southernmost point of Attica, Cape Sounio. According to the Greek National Tourism Organisation the main areas of the Athens Riviera are: the Floisvos Marina, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Lagonisi, Varkiza, Anavyssos and Sounio.[2]

Athens Riviera districts[edit]

Palaio Faliro, a coastal district, a 10-minute drive away from the centre of Athens, is among locals’ favourite places for relaxation. It is always busy here, with Athenians and tourists strolling along the coast and bathing on the local beaches (one of the most popular is the sandy Eden). One of Athens’ largest harbours, Flisvos Marina, is located here.

Glyfada, the largest of Athens’ southern suburbs, is traditionally considered the capital's nightlife and entertainment hub. Glyfada is believed to be a prestigious neighbourhood, and many Greek celebrities — singers, actors and athletes — buy apartments here. One of the most popular places in Glyfada is the local golf club, Glyfada Golf Course.

Voula is located 3 km to the south of Glyfada. The suburb is known for its beaches: Voula A boasts a Blue Flag, which is only awarded to environmentally friendly beaches that comply with stringent safety and water quality standards, and Voula B is accessible for people with disabilities.

Vouliagmeni, a suburb full of greenery with luxurious villas and the city’s best hotels, is located 30 minutes from the centre of Athens by car. One of the jewels of the suburb is the eponymous rockbound lake which is good for bathing throughout the year.

Varkiza is the perfect beach holiday destination. The local beaches have been awarded Blue Flags for their quality, and the watersports aficionados will find everything they need here (windsurfers will be particularly pleased). [3]

Climate[edit]

Under the Köppen climate classification, the Athens Riviera has a borderline hot semi-arid climate (BSh) and lies in the transition zone between this climate and hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa) of downtown Athens.[4] According to the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (H.N.M.S) for the period 1955-1997 Elliniko , which is located in the Riviera, has a borderline semi-arid climate. Additionally the H.N.M.S station of Piraeus has a hot semi-arid climate (BSh).[5]


Climate data for Piraeus H.N.M.S (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14.1
(57.4)
14.4
(57.9)
16.6
(61.9)
20.3
(68.5)
25.1
(77.2)
29.9
(85.8)
32.8
(91)
32.9
(91.2)
29.1
(84.4)
24.2
(75.6)
18.9
(66)
15.4
(59.7)
22.81
(73.06)
Daily mean °C (°F) 11.1
(52)
11.2
(52.2)
13.3
(55.9)
16.9
(62.4)
21.4
(70.5)
26.3
(79.3)
29.0
(84.2)
28.8
(83.8)
25.2
(77.4)
20.6
(69.1)
15.8
(60.4)
12.6
(54.7)
19.35
(66.83)
Average low °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
7.9
(46.2)
10.0
(50)
13.4
(56.1)
17.7
(63.9)
22.2
(72)
24.8
(76.6)
25.0
(77)
21.5
(70.7)
17.4
(63.3)
12.9
(55.2)
9.7
(49.5)
15.89
(60.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 41.95
(1.6516)
36.26
(1.4276)
34.09
(1.3421)
30.34
(1.1945)
15.95
(0.628)
5.08
(0.2)
5.56
(0.2189)
3.07
(0.1209)
11.37
(0.4476)
30.5
(1.201)
58.87
(2.3177)
58.84
(2.3165)
331.9
(13.067)
Source: Meteoclub.gr[6]

Access from Athens[edit]

By tram
  • T1 line from Syntagma towards “Néo Fáliro” station (Peace and Friendship Stadium)
  • T2 line from Syntagma towards Voúla (Asklipiío Voúlas station)
  • T3 line departing from Voúla to Néo Fáliro station (Peace and Friendship Stadium)
By bus
  • A1 route (Pireaus-Voula)
  • A2 route (Akadimia-Voula)
  • B2 route (Akadimia-Ag.Kosmas)
  • 122 route (Elliniko Metro station-Saronida)
  • 123 route (Saronida-Anavyssos-Palaia Fokea)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Konstantinopoulos on Hellenikon , Athens Riviera should not be left". Skai. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  2. ^ "Athens Riviera". visitgreece.gr. Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  3. ^ "The Athens Riviera: a place to live and invest in". Tranio. 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ "World Map of Koppen-Geiger Climate Classification" (PDF). Brock University. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  5. ^ "Homogenization of mean monthly temperature series in Greece". International Journal of Climatology. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  6. ^ Piraeus climate data (in Greek). Meteoclub. Retrieved 7 Jan 2018.